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Avengers Forever #11: Review

Nov 1999
Kurt Busiek, Carlos Pacheco

Story Name:

The Destiny War

Review & Comments

Rating:
3 stars

Avengers Forever #11 Review by (June 30, 2010)
Some of the evil Avengers have been mentioned already in this limited series:- the Galactic Avengers Battalion, Scarlet Centurion's Avengers from Avengers Annual #2 and Scarlet Witch turned temporarily evil by Immortus's manipulation in Avengers West Coast. Others identified in the Notes in #12 are Sphinx's Avengers from New Warriors v1 #11-13, Kree Avengers from Fantastic Four v3 #16, Sloth of Proctor's Gatherers from Avengers #355-363, Iron Man 2020 and Sandman. Some characters like the White Tiger of Heroes For Hire and Argent (Samantha Hasard) of ClanDestine (who I can't actually find in the artwork) have never beeen classed as Avengers. Others such as Black Panther I don't think have ever been villains. Others such as Rage might qualify because of evil duplicates. The original Captain Marvel for a long time was trapped in symbiosis with Rick Jones. Only one of them at a time could exist in the real universe. The other was trapped in the Negative Zone. Whoever was in the real world had the pair of wristlets called Nega-Bands. Striking the Nega-Bands together made Marvel and Rick swap places. Dr Strange has had the Eye of Agamotto since his first appearance in Strange Tales #110. You'll have to wait until #12 to find out how the old Rick Jones got how he is, including his Nega-Band partnership with the future Captain Marvel. The good Avengers include Killraven, Thundra and Black Panther from the alternate future in #4-6, and Colossus and Storm from an alternate Avengers at the beginning of the Council of Kangs story in Avenger #267. Alongside Avengers possibly from the main timeline are others from Earth-X, from A-Next of Spider-Girl's alternate present, and from several issues of What If. There are some surprise inclusions like Hornet of the Slingers and Eternal Brain of the First Line.

Hulk, Iron Man and She-Hulk only appear here as alternate reality versions. The Limbo insects are too miraculous. I don't know why they could disguise the Avengers as Guardians of the Galaxy last issue, and I find their ability to trigger the Destiny Force this issue even more unlikely.




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers Forever #11 Synopsis by Rob Johnson

The battle lines are drawn for the Destiny War. The 3 Time-Keepers and Immortus want to wipe out most timelines containing humanity. Rick Jones, Kang, the Kree Supreme Intelligence and 7 Avengers plucked from various times want to stop them. Kang also wants to avoid turning into Immortus. No-one really knows the Kree Supremor's motive. Meanwhile Libra, earlier an ally on the Avengers side, is watching the proceedings in the interest of Cosmic Balance.

Libra unconvincingly guesses why the Cosmic Balance made him guide Rick Jones into picking these particular 7 Avengers.

Rick Jones, Kang and the Supremor are riding a souped-up dune buggy. Rick is driving, Kang is shooting, and Supremor acts as an on-board computer.

Time-Keepers and Immortus retreat to the Citadel at the End of Time, where the Time-Keepers were born. Yellowjacket uses Limbo insects to lead his side after them.

Time-Keepers want Immortus's Forever Crystal, generated from the collapse of Chronopolis in #3, to power a chrono-cannon to destroy the relevant timelines in one go. Immortus gets cold feet, because he has always protected the Avengers and humanity by toning down the worst the Time-Keepers wanted to do. So they kill him.

To protect themselves while the chrono-cannon warms up, Time-Keepers bring in various evil versions of Avengers. Libra decides to get off the fence, and reactivates Rick Jones's Destiny Force. It spreads to the 7 good Avengers, except Captain Marvel who isn't human, enabling them to fight against superior odds.

Time-Keepers turn Libra into a weapon to ramp up Rick Jones's Destiny Force. It freezes most of the combatants, as it did to end the Kree-Skrull War.

Kang is left to face Time-Keepers alone. They try to force him to become Immortus.

Captain Marvel's non-humanity enables him to fight the Destiny Force freeze, enough to clash his Nega-Bands together. Amazingly this swaps him for an older version of Rick Jones, with a beard, a scarred face, a missing arm and the Nega-Bands (one of them hanging from his belt), and wearing the Eye of Agamotto, Falcon's boots, and what looks like Batman's utility belt and the remains of Superman's cape.

Old Rick says he and young Rick can't access Destiny Force alone, but together they might. They materialise a horde of good Avengers from various timelines.



Carlos Pacheco
Jesus Merino
Steve Oliff
Carlos Pacheco (Cover Penciler)
Jesus Merino (Cover Inker)
Tony Kelly (Cover Colorist)
Steve Oliff (Cover Colorist)
Plot: .

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Falcon
Falcon

(Sam Wilson)
Hawkeye
Hawkeye

(Clint Barton)
Kang
Kang

(Kang the Conqueror)
Wasp
Wasp

(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Captain Marvel (Genis-Vell), Giant-Man (Scott Lang), Immortus, Libra, Songbird, Superman.

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